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Laptop hinges are generally
made of low-cost metal alloys, or "pot metal yeah this may cause problem you can fix your broken hinges easily by spending little time ." Pot metal is not
particularly durable, and over the course of a laptop's life cycle, repeated
opening and closing of the computer's lid can cause wear that prevents the lid
from staying in an open position. Hinges can also wear to the point that they
break at the point of attachment, either on the lid or the computer's body.
Hinges are usually attached to
the computer's frame via machine screws. In order to get the most life out of
your computer's hinges, it is not a bad idea to perform a yearly inspection.
Remove the hinge covers and check that the machine screws that secure the
hinges are tightened fully. If screws are missing, contact the computer's
manufacturer to order replacement screws; hinges missing screws are subjected
to additional stress and can wear out faster if steps are not taken to replace
Lubrication of the hinge is possible, but not recommended; if the wrong type of lubricant is used, it could damage the computer's case or seep into the electrical components and further damage the computer. Consult a professional technician if you feel that your hinges require lubrication.
o Hinges can also be damaged when
the computer is picked up by its lid, dropped from various heights or opened
beyond the angle at which it should stop. In these situations, damage to the
hinges may be of secondary concern, as component damage and data loss might
have occurred. Depending on the amount of damage and warranty status, the
computer may require complete replacement.
Laptop hinges are not
indestructible, but their coverings and trim may show wear long before the
hinges are actually in any danger of failure. Most laptops on the market
include plastic hinge covers. The hinge covers can develop stress fractures
from repeated wear; most of the time, this is not indicative of a hinge
Some laptop hinges are housed within the bezel or trim of the computer's monitor or body. This, too, is generally made of plastic, and might develop stress cracks after a few years of use. Hinge covers and bezels are usually modular, and replacements are generally easy to find at low to moderate costs.
o Hinge problems can be mitigated
with adjustments to the hinge's tension or additional hardware installation by
the user. Brackets can be installed on the outer case to allow for hinge-like
performance, or the screen can be mounted in a fixed position. If the screen is
left permanently open, care should be taken to prevent damage to the screen and
to prevent dust accumulation in the keyboard.
The lid and screen assembly can also be replaced, if the correct parts can be found. Replacement of the lid and screen can be cost-prohibitive, with parts and labor sometimes exceeding the cost of the computer.
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